Issue #8: Dear Jane

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Dear Jane,

Ever since school moved to online, my video game addiction has gotten a lot worse. Instead of my few assignments, all I’m doing is building houses and talking to my friends about Minecraft dogs. I played it so much, I had to move on to a different game.

Now, my days are filled with side quest after side quest that only lead me to gain a couple hundred bottle caps that are useless even in the game world.

The worst part is that I don’t want to play anymore. I have so much other stuff I want, and need, to do, but the need to get more worthless currency is taking over my life. I want to play, but it’s just not enjoyable any more because it feels like more of a distraction than anything else.

Please help,

Gamer Gary

Dear Gamer Gary,

If video games are making you happy right now, then there’s no reason to stop playing. If you feel like you’re spending too much time on them, try to take a break. You said there were other things you needed to do, so if you were to finish those quickly, the guilt of playing games wouldn’t be as strong.

Now isn’t the time to be ashamed of doing what you enjoy, but if you stop enjoying it, move on to something else for a little while. The most important thing is to make sure you are still finishing your homework and other chores you may have, but it is also important to fill the remainder of your time with things that give you energy instead of take it away.

If that thing is video games, don’t be ashamed to play them a healthy amount of time, but if you still feel like there are other activities to be done, go do them.

Good Luck,